Of course no one wants to stick themselves with a needle, as necessary with insulin. On the other hand, most of us would prefer to not deal with the many side effects of oral medications! Some of us can manage our diabetes without any medications, but many are not so fortunate.
Over the years, I have taken various diabetic oral medications, some in combination, and some individually. There were some very uncomfortable side effects with almost every one of them! Also, there is or were, numerous cases where serious and dangerous effects were suspected, as reported by the news media.. Some oral medications were even removed from the market.
I asked at least a half dozen doctors, during the 20 years that I've had diabetes, the following questions.
1. Why do many doctors prescribe insulin only as a last resort?
2. What are the risks, and side effects of taking insulin?
Not one doctor told me that insulin by itself, posed any dangerous side effects long term or short term, with these exceptions.. The only dangers or risks they mentioned were potential blood glucose lows, which of course could be quite risky. Also, potential weight gain was mentioned as a common and potential side effect. I have also read a few additional negatives about insulin, but every doctor that I have approached said there was no medical evidence to prove other claims that I read about.
So these were the only reasons that many doctors apparently keep insulin as a last and final treatment for diabetes. My endocrinologist resisted prescribing insulin, even though I asked him to prescribe it numerous times. I was experiencing some horrendous side effects with oral medications. Finally, and after about a year of insisting, my doctor said ok. Well, no more side effects, great blood glucose mgmt, and I feel better then ever before.
Insulin has been around longer than most oral medications, if not all! So far, most medical reports and tests concerning insulin have been positive. So why do so many people with diabetes appear to fear it?
I remain open minded to your opinions and experiences! What do you believe? What is your opinion on this subject?
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